Raised Vegetable Bed

The Part-time Gardener #5: A real life tale of building raised vegetable beds

This is a detailed account of our first attempt at building a raised vegetable bed.  Though we actually built two beds, this guide refers to only the larger bed measuring L 8.5' W  2.16'  H 1.38'. Materials and Costs - $123.65 We had all materials already on hand, unless indicated by a price. Excludes taxes: 8 … Continue reading The Part-time Gardener #5: A real life tale of building raised vegetable beds

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The Part-time Gardener #4: How to interpret your soil test results

I got my soil test results! As I covered in The Part-time Gardener #3, a few weeks ago I submitted two soil samples from my backyard to the UMass Extension Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory. The first sample primarily analyzed nutrients in the soil, while the second sample analyzed heavy metals. I recently learned … Continue reading The Part-time Gardener #4: How to interpret your soil test results